Free festival celebrates British engineering and design in aid of charity

Malcolm Buckett and Dolly, his Triumph Dolomite Spint 135
Malcolm Buckett and Dolly, his Triumph Dolomite Spint 135

Classic British cars, entertainment and food were all on offer at a festival celebrating British engineering and design which raised money for a mental health charity.

The free history and engineering themed event, put on by Littlehampton’s Organisation of Community Arts (LOCA), was held at Caffyn’s Field on Saturday, August 13.

Jonny Zero performing on stage

Jonny Zero performing on stage

A selection of vintage British cars and motorbikes were on display throughout the day, with visitors getting the chance to take a look under the bonnet of some vehicles.

Staci Mendoza-Quinn, chair of LOCA, said: “It was a fantastic, funfilled day with music- a real community event- that celebrated diversity and design. Everyone was dressed up and the field was decorated.

“We had fantastic weather and there was something for all ages which really worked. There were kids rides and activites but also a nostalgic element for older generations.

“This was the first event of its type in Littlehampton and people were really excited. Its quite clear that this type of event, looking at modern and older, vintage engineering, is very much wanted in the town.”

There were classic British cars and motorbikes on display

There were classic British cars and motorbikes on display

She said the organistion had agreed to put on the event to raise money for Coastal West Sussex Mind, the chosen charity of the mayor of Littlehampton, Ian Buckland.

“He is a fantastic mayor and has really done a lot for Littlehampton,” she said. The total amount raised by the event is yet to be announced.

Performances featuring music of a variety of genres, from Northen Soul, Ska and Calypso to vintage war time music and British rock and roll, also entertained the crowds.

Bands including The Speak, Johnny Zero, LEVI, The Bamboo Band & Slim Jim and the Wildcards, all took to the stage.

LOCA Volunteers, Denise Rowe and Natasha Disney

LOCA Volunteers, Denise Rowe and Natasha Disney

Living history associations reenacted World War Two battles, while children learned classic British entertainment skills like unicycling and juggling at a workshop by Circus Seen CiC.

British food favourites such as bangers, bacon butties, cream teas and scones were served.

Coastal West Sussex Mind is an independent charity with a centre in Littlehampton where residents suffering from mental health problems can access services and support.

The Mayor with Tom Davidson and Dom Green from the Living History Association

The Mayor with Tom Davidson and Dom Green from the Living History Association

Nicola Windle at Love Tea

Nicola Windle at Love Tea

The Speak performed on the day

The Speak performed on the day

Ayrial Munn, 8, poses on a motorbike

Ayrial Munn, 8, poses on a motorbike

Cheer leader Brooke Semple, 9, at CircusSeen.Org

Cheer leader Brooke Semple, 9, at CircusSeen.Org